Shooting survivor Cassidy Stay quotes Dumbledore at memorial

On July 9, fifteen-year-old Texas native Cassidy Stay witnessed the unthinkable – her uncle murdering both of her parents and four siblings. A bullet grazed Stay’s head, and she played dead until her uncle was out of the house, at which point she contacted the police, saving her grandparents from the same fate.

On July 12, Cassidy spoke at a public memorial for her family, showing a remarkable resilience that has inspired people around the world. As she spoke tearfully about her family, Stay quoted Dumbledore:

I really like ‘Harry Potter’. In ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban’, Dumbledore says, ‘Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times.’ I know that my mom, dad, Bryan, Emily, Becca, and Zach are in a much better place and that I’ll be able to see them again one day. Thank you all for coming and for showing support for me and my family. Stay strong.”

Her unbelievable strength of spirit has rallied people to Cassidy’s mantra of “Stay Strong,” honoring Cassidy’s bravery. A group of strangers started a GoFundMe to benefit the teenager, which has raised over $300,000 so far.

You can view the video of her below. Cassidy’s brave words echoing Dumbledore can be seen at 1:43 – 2:09.

We can’t even imagine the pain Cassidy is experiencing right now, and we can’t help but admire her Gryffindor sprit. Our most heartfelt condolences to Cassidy, her grandparents, and the rest of her family.

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  • JeffDowning

    This horrible event happened where I live and the killer is being prosecuted in the courthouse where I work. To see the strength of this young girl and to hear her quote Harry Potter to bring comfort to herself and others is truly inspiring.

    • Loving Jesus

      Very sad indeed. I would have thought God would have been mentioned instead of a wizard. The killer is evil. He’ll meet his judgement someday. Wishing the young good luck.

      • Dani Massaro

        Not everyone has to derive their comfort and strength from the same source as you. Nothing wrong with being religious but not everyone is.

      • Rita Skeeter

        They’re both characters from a book – why does it matter which she derives her strength from? Brave girl.

  • Ben Grange

    I wish I had strong enough words to write about how this young girl made me feel. You go, Cassidy. Stay strong. Keep Harry Potter close to your heart–it can lend a hand in any situation you find yourself in, as you have so proudly displayed.

  • Casiquire

    Omg, when she spoke their names, my poor little heart just couldn’t take it.